Saudi Prince Nayef asked for and received the Legion of Honour award
Normally when you receive an award some independent group of people, of their own volition, decide to give it to you, presumably because you merited it. Well, that’s not how it works with Saudi Princes.
Recently the French Legion of Honour award was given to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. This honour, the highest in France, is usually awarded for excellent civil or military conduct. In the case of Prince Nayef it was ostensibly for his “efforts in the fight against terrorism and extremism.”
Many people thought it odd that Prince Nayef would receive such a prestigious French honour, especially given Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and its history with radical Islam. Well it appears that such suspicions were well founded as it has been reported that Prince Nayef asked French officials that he be given the award!
Prince Nayef wanted the award “to boost his international stature” and the French duly and discretely complied. One wonders when the Saudis were chosen to head a panel of experts on the UN Human Rights Council, whether they requested such an appointment to improve their international standing? Lo and behold it has been reported that this appointment involved a secret deal between Saudi Arabia and the UK.
In other news indirectly involving Saudi Arabia, the same New York judge (George Daniels) who acquitted Saudi Arabia of involvement in the September 11 terrorist attacks, has ruled that Iran must pay over $10 billion to the families of the victims of the September 11 attacks. He ruled Iran was culpable as some of the attackers had moved through Iran and had not had their passports stamped, and that some were trained by Hezbollah.
I am no fan or apologist for Iran, but such a ruling strikes me as ridiculous. So Iran is complicit in the September 11 attacks because they did not stamp some passports? What about the ‘complicity’ of America officials who allowed the 19 attackers to enter into the US, thereby enabling them to conduct the attacks? Or the numerous failures by American officials to act on preexisting intelligence that some type of attack was imminent? Hezbollah was training the attackers? Is this assertion based on intelligence similar to that which told us Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass-destruction?
It strikes me as strange that the country (Saudi Arabia) where 15 of the September 11 attackers originated from, and where the radical ideology of Al-Qaeda emanated from has nothing to do with the attacks, and yet Iran is somehow involved and legally responsible. One wonders if the Saudis discretely requested either Judge Daniels or other US officials that they rule in Saudi Arabia’s favor in this case, so as to discredit their enemy Iran.
But how dare I impugn the House of Saud. Isn’t it obvious that they are as clean as the Arabian sands from which they tread, except when they are beheading people, or when they take debauchery filled trips outside their country, or when they spread their intolerant and violent Wahhabist brand of Islam or when they mistreat foreign workers within their country.
Notwithstanding these and other minor exceptions, the Saudis never do anything wrong. Prince Nayef is well deserving of the Legion of Honour and no members of the House of Saud had anything to do with the September 11 attacks. Unfortunately some people actually believe such non-sense.